Hartford Art School

Printmaking

As a student in the Department of Printmaking, you will receive the technical and aesthetic instruction and learn the critical-thinking skills necessary to develop as a working print artist. Printmaking is an extension of drawing; thus, drawing and compositional skills are developed along with those of printmaking.

About the Major

You will learn the basics of the major techniques and must achieve mastery in lithography and etching. Black-and-white and color processes are taught in all media within the program. You are also encouraged to pursue other areas of the printmaking curriculum, such as relief, monotype, letterpress printing, and book arts. The work will lead to your senior exhibition and help prepare you for graduate school or a career in printmaking and the arts.

Lectures, demonstrations, and workshops with well-known visiting artists and master printers further enhance the curriculum.

Featured Courses

After your foundation year, this program guides you through a series of independent studios and printmaking intensives. You must complete 77–80 studio credits for your major, plus 45–46 academic credits.

For a complete list of credit requirements, visit the course catalog.

Core Classes

GRA 230 | Lithography I
GRA 232 | Etching I
GRA 320 | Lithography II
GRA 340 | Etching
GRA 420 | Printmaking Studio I
GRA 422 | Printmaking Studio II

Electives

Choose three of the following courses:

GRA 226 | Relief Printing
GRA 228 | Monotype I
GRA 235 | Book Arts I
GRA 326 | Relief Printing II
GRA 328 | Monotype II
GRA 335 | Book Arts II
GRA 336 | Independent I
GRA 337 | Independent II
GRA 390 | Special Topics
GRA 391 | Special Topics

Additional Requirements

DWG 222 | Drawing I Figure
DWG 330 or 331 |  Drawing II
PTG 220 or 222 | Intro Painting

20 credits from Foundation year

  • 3 credits in each of the following (12 total):
    • PTG/DWG or DES
    • SCL
    • MDA or VDO or PHO
    • ILS or GRA
  • 3 credits of Mathematics (M 110, 112, 114, or 116)
  • 6 credits in academic writing (WRT 110 and 111)
  • 12 credits in Art History (ART)

12–13 credits from the All University Curriculum

Career Outlook

Jenny Haskins printmaking major

Jenny Haskins ‘13 currently represents the New Britain Museum of American Art for the Connecticut Art Trail. She collaborates with other institutions in developing marketing initiatives, and coordinates social media campaigns. Whether you want to be a gallery artist, a teacher, or arts administrator, a degree in printmaking will help connect you with the greater art community.

Inside the Studio

Printmaking Faculty

Our dedicated faculty are extraordinary teachers in the classroom and recognized professional, practicing artists/designers exhibiting and working in their fields. Learn a little more about them now, and meet them in person when you visit during any of our events, tours, or portfolio review appointment.

James Lee
Associate Professor
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Scot MacCluggage
Printmaking Technician
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Admission Requirements

There are a few ways students can apply for admission to Hartford Art School, all of which require a portfolio review. Visit our admissions section for step-by-step guidance, and remember that you can always give us a call. We’re here to help with any questions you may have.

Featured Alumna

Krista Narciso

BFA Printmaking, 2015

Krista is now an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa, Center for the Book. She received the Iowa Arts Fellowship, the highest fellowship offered by her program, and will complete her MFA in Book Arts with a concentration on Artist Books in 2020

“The professors at the Hartford Art School worked with me to help me find my voice as an artist through critiques and one-on-one discussions and pushed me to develop my work technically and conceptually. The community of faculty, staff, and students at the Hartford Art School is remarkable and incredibly supportive even after graduation.”

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